Nest 2: often an empty place

Branches on the old nest tree are always a popular place to perch, and sometimes eat. The nestcam is often recording just the movement of the twigs on an empty Nest 2.

empty nest syndrome
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Since fledging on Wednesday, Bamburgh has made plenty of flights to hone her skills.

Flying to an empty nest after a long absence
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A couple of clips follow, press HD for best quality.

In the next video, Bamburgh flies over EB on a favourite tree. EB then flies behind Bamburgh.

Like the other fledglings, Bamburgh is capable of consuming 37’s offerings without assistance.

the 3rd fish delivered by 37 since 08.00
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EB has caught fish in previous years once her offspring have fledged – the only female breeding at Kielder that we have seen do this. This year, she hasn’t ¬†brought a fish in. But with 37’s rate of supply and just one fledgling to provision, there has been no need.

As the rain came down this morning, she stood with Bamburgh in the nest for a while, then both birds decided to seek a more sheltered spot.

facing the elements together
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After the morning rain came strong blustery winds and sun. On Nest 1A, Binky hadn’t fledged by 18.30, a relief for human observers given the winds. There is likely to be heavy rain tomorrow morning into the afternoon, so she may have to wait a while.

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Nests 3 and 4 update

The youngsters on Nest 3 hatched 49 and 46 days days ago, so fledging should happen in the next few days. There are heavy showers today in Kielder Forest, so not a good time to take a maiden flight – which Binky on Nest 1A has not yet done either, 54 days since she hatched. Neither Bywell nor Blackaburn have done much exercising in the limited amount of footage, with a few modest jumps and some fast flapping being the state of play by late afternoon on Thursday. This image is one of the first times either chick was seen to jump.

Bywell jumping a modest distance
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Some videos show Blackaburn’s progress. Press HD on all clips for best quality.

Both youngsters can feed themselves, but often one of the parents provides the morsels.

the female watches the chicks being fed
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At the opposite end of the age spectrum, the two juveniles on Nest 4 are now 58 days from hatching and will have fledged. Unfortunately, the nestcam is still covered with industrial strength ‘waste material’, however occasionally there is a glimmer of something. A BTO ring on the left leg confirmed one of the pair was flying into the nest yesterday.

a leg with a BTO ring
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Frustratingly, neither juvenile has flown during some field observations, so we can’t confirm fledging. The rain today is improving the view slightly, but you can see there is some way to go.

the rear of an osprey is on the right
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More on Broomlee and Bamburgh

Broomlee has settled back into life on Nest 1A after his time elsewhere.

Broomlee updates the family
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Earlier in the day it seemed possible that he was flying around the nest area, as on several occasions a bird was being watched without concern by Mrs YA. Byrness shouts and mantles at everything, so her actions have to be discounted! Press HD on all clips for best quality.

But we couldn’t be sure it was Broomlee until we saw the ring as he landed.

Some sisterly love shown there!

Broomlee didn’t fly again in the remaining footage, but Byrness had several flights. In all, she was recorded making 11 flights of a minute or under. Her landings were at various different places on the nest and on the pole, but when she was showing Broomlee her new skills she misjudged her spot.

Fortunately only the nest edge suffered.

Today, both of them have been absent from the nest for longer periods.

Broomlee appeared to have been fed during his near 3 day absence from footage – no sign of an empty crop – and does not seem to have an injury. When a fish arrived at 09.15, Broomlee exerted his authority and feasted for over 25 minutes.

Broomlee seizes the trout
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On Nest 2, Bamburgh has been flying around the fell this morning. Here is the clip of her flight away from her nest yesterday.

Only EB appeared on the nest before streaming stopped shortly after 19.00, so it was good to see Bamburgh preening on there first thing today. She had a few leaps around the nest.

Bamburgh looking fine
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Then a flight lasting 35 seconds.

Dozing in the sun has been the main activity in the last couple of hours on both nests.

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Truly wonderful news – Broomlee is back! And more fledge news

Just a quick blog tonight, but we are delighted to report that Broomlee arrived back at Nest 1A at 17.39. from wherever he has been since prior to 08.00 on Monday. He may have been on the nest outside streaming hours, but it seems unlikely. More tomorrow, but a couple of screengrabs for now.

Broomlee about to land to a friendly reception
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heading for the pole
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Meanwhile, about an hour earlier, Bamburgh took off from Nest 2.

about to fly strongly away from the nest
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There’ll be more, with videos, tomorrow.

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Fledging at Kielder

Byrness, the elder female on Nest 1A, fledged this afternoon. Here she is about to take off.

departure imminent
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And the movie! Press HD for best quality on clips.

Byrness hadn’t done a great deal of helicoptering to gain confidence, but she has achieved plenty of high leaps in the past few days.

a leap across the nest
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She was off the nest until 14.13, but may have landed on the camera at one point.

Byrness’s feathers top right?
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Here is her return to the nest. Shortly after the video starts you can see her enter the screen top left. A safe fledge, if a slightly inelegant landing, 53 days after hatching.

You will have noticed that only one sibling is on the nest. When the nestcam streamed yesterday morning, Broomlee was missing. He had been helicoptering well the previous day and looked confident.

We haven’t seen him on the nestcam at all. Sometimes juveniles lack the confidence to return to the nest for some hours. There was a blustery wind at Kielder yesterday and the top of a swaying tree is perhaps not the best place for an inexperienced bird to feel safe in taking off – if that is where Broomlee is. On Nest 2 last year when Aln fledged she was away from the nest for nearly 24 hours. Her GSM/GPS transmitter showed us she was moving around some trees fairly near the nest, but not flying onto it. We hope to see Broomlee on his nest very soon. Hunger often prompts a return, and there is a fish on the nest waiting for a diner.

Binky, the youngest chick at 50 days from hatching, isn’t helicoptering yet, but she is making good progress.

On other nests, Nest 4’s camera lens is still out of action. If an osprey is standing on the right hand side, a white head is just about visible.

Bamburgh on Nest 2 is helicoptering and strengthening her wings and leg muscles well, so could take to the skies very soon.

You can see some evidence of overnight target practice on the Nest 2 camera!

There’ll be an update on fledging when there is more news.

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The first nestcam capture of helicoptering happened this morning.

watching brother
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Here’s the clip of the momentous event for young Broomlee. Press HD for best quality on videos.

The one day older pair on Nest 4 may well have helicoptered first, but the lens is still covered by a chick’s defecation. Observations from over 1.5 miles away today produced no action at all in 40 minutes. Both juveniles were standing on the nest edge initially, then one sat in the nest. No flapping or jumping seen.

Back to Nest 1A. All the chicks have exercised well during the last couple of days.

a high leap by Byrness
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The oldest pair are doing most flapping and jumping.

Binky is much more coordinated now.

Binky in action
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On Nest 2, Bamburgh is also making good progress towards fledging.

EB watches Bamburgh leap across the nest
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You can see Bamburgh was catching her talons on nest material, especially bark. YA and Mrs YA have brought plenty of moss to their nest recently, which makes it easier for the chicks to avoid stumbling when they are hopping about.

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Nests 1A and 2 chicks prepare for fledging

The two eldest chicks on Nest 1A hatched 49 days ago, so should fledge in the next few days. Although perhaps not today, as it is raining – a rare occurence this year.

what’s that wet stuff?
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The youngsters have been strengthening their wings and legs and improving their coordination over the past few days. Unsurprisingly, male Broomlee is the most advanced.

Broomlee’s height on 15 July…
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… and on 19 July
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He isn’t ‘helicoptering’ yet, but it won’t be long. The siblings aren’t too far behind. Youngest chick Binky has spent more time flapping and jumping than Byrness during streaming hours, but needs to be better coordinated to match the elder pair. Press HD on clips for best quality.

On Nest 2, Bamburgh has increased her efforts in the last few days. She hatched 48 days ago. Apologies for the dropped frames in the first clip – it is actually better than most of the footage.

a brief flap on a wet morning
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The forecast is for better weather from later today. Osprey Watch is running at Kielder Waterside Park this weekend, 10.30-17.00, with NWT volunteers to show you Nest 1A through scopes, the streamed nests live on the screen and talk about the ospreys. You may be first to see a fledge if you go along!

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Nest 4 in the fledging window

The Nest 4 youngsters entered the fledge widow today at 49 days since hatching. But if either did fly, no chance of seeing it.

someone wanted privacy
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It would be very surprising if either fledged today. This was one of the best efforts yesterday.

Belling jumps high
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A couple of videos, press HD for best quality.

Rain is forecast for some of tomorrow, so we hope the lens will get a clean.

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Nest 3 post-ringing

The Nest 3 chicks were checked today, to see how they were settling after ringing. The fish from last night was still on the nest this morning. Although the male brought a new catch in, the female fed the pair from yesterday’s trout.

the female about to select the old trout
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Later in the morning, an unseen intruder disturbed the peace.

intruder alert
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There has been very little wing flapping in downloaded footage to date. But this afternoon, both youngsters showed their skills. Press HD for best quality.

Some way to go before fledging! But the duo are doing well.

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Nest 3 ringing

The Nest 3 chicks were ringed on a lovely summer’s evening – no midges! Unfortunately for them, they were just about to dine when the licensed Forestry Commission England Wildlife Ranger climbed the tree to lower them to the ground.

Nest 3 chicks plus dinner
(c) Paul Pickett

Once on the ground, the chicks were very docile. Both adults circled overhead, the female lower and in a tighter circle than the male.

the female observes
(c) Joanna Dailey

Chick 1 was given colour ring 224. She weighed 1590g and was named Bywell after a small village on the banks of the Tyne.

Bywell clings onto some ground material
(c) Joanna Dailey

Bywell back in her nest
(c) Paul Pickett

Chick 2 weighed 1550g and is also thought to be female. She has colour ring 225 and is named Blackaburn after a small lough in Wark Forest, which is part of the overall Kielder Forest area. UV has perched near there at times.

Blackaburn just after ringing
(c) Joanna Dailey

beautiful amber eyes
(c) Joanna Dailey

The chicks were returned to the nest.

home, with fish to look forward to. Bywell on the left
(c) Paul Pickett

This is the first year in recent times that no chick in Kielder Forest has weighed 1700g or over. However, all appear healthy. We wish them all safe fledges, their next challenge.

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